Three Essential Holiday Items for Toddlers

It seems crazy that we’ve been back from our amazing first holiday abroad  for over a month now. The last few weeks have flown by and I don’t feel as though I’ve properly caught up yet!! It was such an amazing week away— the perfect place for a first ‘proper’ holiday away  with our little family. Having not been abroad before with the boys, packing was a little bit hit and miss. I looked at lots of websites with lists of essential holiday items for toddlers and got a bit carried away with all the ‘must have’ items that were suggested. I think I probably overpacked for them (if I’m totally honest) but of all the things we took, I thought I’d share the three essential bits of kit that I don’t think we could have done without. Sun Protection Suits These were a last minute purchase and, in hindsight, they were something that should have been really high up on the list of priority items to take! We bought ours from JoJo Maman Bébé but there are lots of alternatives out there. The fabric they’re made from is rated UPF 50+ — and they’re 98% effective at blocking UVA rays — so they’re a great way of keeping sensitive skins from burning.… Read More

The perfect family holiday | #MarkWarnerMum

What makes the perfect family holiday? Even though the boys will be 3 years old, in less than a month’s time, I don’t have much to reference in terms of our ‘perfect family holiday’ as we haven’t actually had one yet. And don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a pity party, we’ve had some lovely, lovely weekends away and done some amazing things, together as a family. We’ve been on camping adventures, to festivals and on day trips. We’ve played on a beach. The boys haven’t been in the sea yet but we were lucky enough to go to to Bluestone in Wales , for four days last year, and they went in an amazing wave pool. They’ve even played in the snow and built a snowmen (albeit, in our back garden and not on the slopes of Val-d’Isère). But as I look at all of these pictures it strikes me that, even though they mark exciting little milestones in my son’s lives, they’re just a little bit *flat*. The scenery is more ‘turgid’ than technicolor. And on closer inspection, it dawned on me that they’re all lacking in a couple of vital ingredients. Colour and sunshine. Now I’m a sucker for colour in all it’s guises. From the sunniest, happy inducing yellows, to soft… Read More

109 weeks and 5 days | 50 things that make me happy

A little meme has been doing the rounds recently called ’50 things that makes me happy’. The clue is in the name; what makes you happy? I have been tagged by my lovely friend Aby, who blogs over at YouBabyMeMummy, to give my answers. So here goes… 1. My three boys — tiny boys and big man-shaped boy. 2. Pottering about at home. 3. A new, unread, interiors magazine. 4. Blue skies. 5. Family get-togethers (especially our big summer barbecue). 6. The smell of freshly cut grass. 7. Picking my babies up from nursery and seeing their faces light up when they see me. 8. Holidays; in the UK, abroad, even bank holidays. I love them all. 9. Festivals. A weekend of joyful revelry. 10. Dancing in a field in my wellies. 11. Glitter. 12. My lovely friends. 13. Collecting the eggs from our hen-house. 14. Dolly — our beautiful little caravan. 15. Seeing Dolly pull up outside the house = adventures :) 16. A cup of freshly brewed tea. 17. My cats (AKA furry faced children). 18. Beautiful stationery. 19. Designing new things and feeling excited about sharing them. 20. Blogging. 21. Baking. 22. A busy, noisy house full of our nearest and dearest. 23. Fresh flowers… Read More